Mandello del Lario one can easily reach many important localities:
This important touristic centre rises on a cape next to the
Esino river’s mouth, under the rough San Defendente mount, m.
1315, from which quarries in past times an amazing black and
white-black marble was quarried, giving a job to the main part of
The ancient town has an enviable panorama; as a matter of fact in
front of the town start the three branches of the Lake, and the
sight goes from the green headland of Bellagio to the farer towns
of Menaggio and Cadenabbia.
It’s a picturesque village, characterized by an almost
uninterrupted succession of low and uniform houses, sometimes with
fresco or coats of arms, one next to each other and linked through
typical arches, by long and narrow alleys that fan out and descend
straight and steep to the lake.
It’s the most famous locality of the Lario, also known as the
Lario’s pearl. An architectural and environmental jewel,
surrounded by walls, characterised by the typical soft colours of
the houses, that are close to each other, by the winding and
narrow alleys that flow into well matched tiny squares.
Fortified by a castle and walls, it became fief of the Civate’s
abbot, then hostile town against Como during the ten-year war.
On the streets along the lake there are luxurious hotels and
elegant shops where people can find jewels, clothes and very fine
silks. Along the road that crosses the town, it’s possible to
admire the ancient village beauties, sloping down then until the
lake with the nice square and the landing stage for boats and
ferries to transport cars on the two opposite lake shores. Many
are the trips that people can make from Bellagio on foot, by car
or with a boat.
The city is at the extreme south part of the Lario’s oriental
branch, in a flat strip in the valley made from rocky mounts. The
Middle-Age origin explains the particular urban shape of Lecco,
composed of a whole string of not far from each other and
“specialized” districts: districts intended for production,
disposed along the Gerenzone River’s valley, agricultural
districts, the fishermen’s district (Pescarenico), the military
district (Castello) and the village, place for market and
exchanges on Lake’s shore.
Lecco and its surroundings propose their selves also today as
“Manzonian Places”, and it’s possible to visit the places where
the most famous book from Alessandro Manzoni (“I promessi Sposi”)
is set. From Lucia’s House to Don Abbondio’s Church dedicated to
the Saints Vitale and Valeria in the Olate district, Don Rodrigo’s
house on Zucco’s Hill, the Unnamed Castle over Chiuso district and
Frà Cristoforo’s monastery in Pescarenico.
It’s situated at the end of the Lario’s western branch, in a
tiny valley that’s been created by drifts in the tertiary. It’s
characterised by houses and palaces typical from the 18th century
and neoclassical, structurally simple, with sober decorations at
portals, windows and balconies, often made more attractive by nice
Considered by everyone a tiny province city, it’s worldwide known
for its beauty; it’s mild climate and the incredible position
attract many tourists from every Country and it often is the site
of important conferences and political meetings.
The city of Como can propose many excursions for any kind of
tourist. It’s possible to make walks that take a whole day or, for
less sportive people, one-hour walks in the natural park “Spina
Monza is a charming city, famous for its park and the
automobile race track. The Park of Monza is the largest enclosed
park in Europe: with a surface of 688 hectares is more than twice
larger than New York’s Central Park. Inside this park flows the
Lambro River creating tiny lakes and waterfalls. The national
automobile race track of Monza is a circuit situated inside the
Park of Monza. It holds many motor events during the whole year,
but it’s internationally famous for the Formula 1 Italian Grand
Very famous is the Royal Mansion as well, one of the most
important city monuments. The mansion was built as a symbol for
the prestige and the magnificence of the Austrian royal court,
wanted by the empress Maria Teresa for her fourth male son, the
duke Ferdinand of Austria, who lived in Milan at that time and
wished a mansion outside the city to spend the summer and go
Milan is an important commercial and industrial centre at
international level, as well as the biggest Italian city for
services and tertiary, finance, fashion, publishing and industry.
Besides, it is the site of the Stock Exchange, one of the most
important European financial centres and it’s a big attraction
centre for the head offices of dozens of multinationals. It has
one of the biggest university, publishing and television centres
in Europe. It also has the fair with the largest exhibitive
surface in Europe. There are many monuments to visit, among them
all, the gothic Dome. Milan is also one of the most important
destinations in the world for shopping.
St. Moritz (Sankt Moritz in German) is a popular holiday resort
of the Engadine Valley, in the Graubunden canton, in Switzerland.
It offers many ski-lifts and ski slopes and many paths for
excursions on the mountains.
Close to it, there is the Cresta Run, a worldwide famous bobsleigh
and sledge run.
The mountains of Valtellina offer many chances both for
excursionists and for alpinists, traditional and free-climbers. In
the valley there are many renowned ski resorts like Bormio, Chiesa
in Valmalenco, Madesimo, Aprica and Caspoggio. Besides, a very
important holiday and ski resort is Livigno that is geographically
outside Valtellina, being at the other side of the Alps, but is
part of the Sondrio province.
In this valley there are also many warm thermal springs, one at
the Masino’s Baths and one with seven springs at Bormio’s Baths.
In these localities there are four thermal resorts one in the
first and three in the second one.
Campione d’Italia has the particularity of being an enclave
separated from the mother country by a lake: it’s possible to
reach Italy from Campione crossing the Lake of Lugano without
entering the Swiss territory.
Campione is famous to hold one of the four Casinos in Italy, it’s
regulated by a legislation that dates back to the years before the
second Worldwide War, more favourable compared with the Italian
and the Swiss one. After the move happened in the year 2007 in the
modern building designed by the Swiss architect Mario Botta, the
Casino of Campione d’Italia is today the hugest one the whole